The Bible And Contemporary Culture

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 87%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $10.51   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   

More About This Textbook


Why read the Bible? Gerd Theissen uses the wisdom gained from decades of teaching Bible instruction at a state university to address questions of the Bible's relevance in a postmodern, pluralistic society. He describes the core themes and enduring value of the biblical legacy for anyone seeking to be a well-informed, self-aware, and responsible citizen, and he commends the contributions the Bible can make to interreligious and secular conversation.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800638634
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,374,408
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     ix
Why Any Educated Person Should Know the Bible     1
The Bible's Contribution to Understanding Reality     1
The Natural Sciences
The Social Sciences
The Humanities
Understanding the Bible as a Path to Understanding Ourselves     10
Understanding a Common Past
Communication in a Shared Present
The Bible's Contribution to Individual Identity
An Outsider's View: The Findings of an Imagined Study of Religion     15
An Insider's View: The Indispensability of Religion     21
Biblical "Essentials"     25
What Are the "Elementals" in the Bible?     26
The Bible's Basic Thought Structure
A Foundation for Learning and Life
Basic Structures and Contents of the Bible
What Is "Dialogical" in the Bible?     32
Dialogue with the Secular World
Interreligious Dialogue
Interconfessional Dialogue
The Heart of the Bible: Core Themes     35
The Two Basic Beliefs of Christian Faith     37
Belief in a Redeemer
Core Themes of Biblical Faith     42
Divine Indwelling
Love (Agape)
Status Reversal
Reading the Bible with Christ as Core     67
Forms and Themes     71
The Biblein Dialogue with a Pluralistic World     75
The Bible in Dialogue with Contemporary Secular Culture     76
Faith in God and Secular Experience
Faith in a Redeemer and Secular Experience
Secular Points of Entry for the Core Themes of the Bible
The Bible in Dialogue with Other Religions     100
Religious Typologies as an Attempt for an Overview of Religions
Judaism and the Bible: The Old Testament
Islam and the Bible: God and Jesus in the Qur'an
Hinduism and the Bible: Ahimsa and Nonviolence
Buddhism and the Bible: Anti-Darwinism as a Common Denominator?
The Bible and a Pluralistic Theory of Religion
The Bible in Interconfessional Dialogue     142
The Institution as Absolute: Catholicism and the Protestant Principle
The Letter as Absolute: Fundamentalism and the Protestant Principle
"Works" as Absolute: Social Moralism and the Protestant Principle
Conclusion     150
Notes     153
Index of Ancient Texts     155
Index of Names and Subjects     159
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)